Enugu Trade Fair: Students Complain ‘No Casual Jobs’ As Enugu LG Boasts Of Agro Prospects
Some casual workers, Thursday, complained about lack of jobs at the ongoing 32nd Enugu International Trade Fair. According to them, poor turnout of participants reduced their sources of incomes. Some of them, mainly students of higher institutions, told our correspondent that they had always looked forward for the fair because it provided them incomes.
Chinyere Odu, a student of Institute of Management and Technology, Enugu, said, “Every year, we looked forward for the Enugu International Trade Fair, but this year’s own has not been encouraging. COVID-19 is the sole cause. Most of my mates could not find any job to do.”
Another one, Miss Nkechi Okolo, said, “I was able to get one as a sales person. But because it is based on commission, it remains difficult for me because nobody is coming to buy. I doubt if I had sold four things for three days. But there is hope because people have started coming. I think it needed more awareness.”
Meanwhile, Enugu South Local Government Area stole the show Wednesday when it showcased its huge agricultural potentials, including cocoyam, cassava, palm oil, palm fruits, tapioca, popularly called Abacha or Africa Salad; palm wine, achicha, tubers of yam and garri at the fair.
The council chairman, Hon Monday Eneh, said he was happy to participate in the fair tagged, ‘Promoting new technologies, business ideas and strategies for rapid economic growth and development in Nigeria’. Eneh commended Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for creating an enabling environment for economic activities in the state. He stated that a peaceful and stable atmosphere ‘is a way for rapid economic development of any society and this has been massively provided by Gov Ugwuanyi’.
He said, “If more support could be given to our local farmers, particularly in Enugu South LG, agriculture production will increase and can sustain the state instead of depending on other states for production.”
While showcasing the products, the council supervisor for agriculture, Hon Chijioke Agbo, said, “Enugu South is blessed with fertile land and good soil for mass production of agricultural produce. If the state government could assist by providing and empowering the farmers with the needed agricultural equipment and machines, they will do more, and this will in turn create jobs and increase the internally generated revenue of the council.”
The director, ministry of commerce and industry, Mrs Stella Madu, who represented the commissioner, Dr Godwin Anigbo, commended Enugu South LGA for encouraging agricultural, assuring that the ministry would encourage the farmers in the area.
Sammie Echi Agbo, media aide to the chairman, said, “The Eneh administration has taken the campaign for agriculture to the doorsteps of the people of the area. Youths are being encouraged to go into farming. Seminars are being initiated to empower our farmers, especially youths, to embrace agriculture. We have huge piggery farms in this region, and we are consolidating.”
The deputy chairman of the council, Hon Sandra Onyia; special adviser to the chairman on political matters, Hon Peter Àgbo, and chairman, Ohaneze Ndigbo, Enugu South chapter, Chief Emma Ugwu, were among those that graced the event.